Spiritual Surrender – Not What You Think
Surrender in general is considered weak. Who surrenders? Losing armies, subjects, servants. The winners don’t have to surrender, or at least that is what we tend to think. When we look out at the world, it seems that victors call the shots, and losers surrender.
Spiritual surrender is very different than that. It is part of the divine feminine. It is a state of inner freedom that is NOT about giving up our free will or choice.
Since surrender in the world means another person has the power to tell you what to do, decide for you, or choose for you, we think of spiritual surrender as being controlled and dominated by the Divine. Even if we trust God like we trust ourselves, this idea creates an underlying fear that with someone else in charge we won’t get what we want. In the world, it often works that way.
Spiritual surrender is never to a person or an outside force. It is not even surrender to God in the sense of giving up our personal responsibility. It is a communion with the higher and wiser parts of ourselves. It infuses us with the power to embody ourselves. It never asks us to sit and wait for orders.
When I started developing my intuition, I spent several years confused about how much of my own will I was to hand over. I’ve witnessed this same confusion in other spiritual seekers. In the beginning, I was so exhilarated by my new connection and the insights that would come to me, that I abdicated decisions I should have been making myself by waiting for a “sign.” This is a confusion between spiritual presence and authority.
As we grow spiritually, we grow in presence. Strength, clarity, and calm filter through our personality and improve who we are and how we respond. This in turn, increases our ability to be an authentic authority in our own lives.
It does not mean that as we grow spiritually we give up our jurisdiction over choices. Our life may take unexpected turns or blossom in surprising ways as we follow inner guidance. This is part of the fun and mystery of the experience and is aligned with our highest path.
The divine feminine version of surrender is about presence and softness. It speaks to a state of being in a particular moment. It is like a deep breath in – an opportunity to listen and receive.
A moment of spiritual surrender is one of deep peace. The edges of your awareness have softened, so that you feel porous and connected. You are receiving information through more than your eyes, ears, smell, and sensations.
With calm awareness in your center, presence of mind and heart, soft affiliation with the environment around you, you are in an ideal space to receive. Insight, new awareness, release of old emotions can all come in and through.
Surrender is a state of humanity, peace, and receptivity. It is free from expectation.
One can spend an afternoon in a space of divine surrender, or a single moment. Sometimes it’s as simple as taking a pause.
To cultivate surrender, by practice meditation, yoga, and other transformational modalities. Through surrender, we strengthen our ability to tune in. Eventually we can be in the busy flow of life, pause for one breath, and get clarity we needed.
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